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General Information

Description - The Leaf Wilderness covers 960 acres in the flood plains of the Leaf River. The wilderness area lies between Benndale and McLain, in southern Mississippi.

Attractions - The Leaf Wilderness is a 960-acre tract located in the flood plains of the Leaf River. All but the western edge of the wilderness, which is uplands, consist of meandering sloughs, oxbow lakes, and level terrain. Vegetation is mostly loblolly-shortleaf pine forest and oak-gum-cypress-spruce pine on the river bottoms. Access to this area is from the 1.5 mile hiking trail, the Leaf Trail. No user fees are charged.
This area is not handicap accessible.

Recreation - The primary recreation activity in this wilderness is hiking. Motorized, horseback, and bicycle travel are not permitted in the wilderness.

Climate - Year-round hiking is available on the Leaf Trail; however, the most comfortable seasons are in the fall, winter, and spring, when the temperature is cooler, and the insects are not so prevalent. During rainy seasons, caution should be exercised for possible flooding.

Location - The Wilderness is located on the De Soto National Forest. It sits to the east side of State Highway 57, approximately 10 miles north of Benndale, and six miles south of McClain in southern Mississippi.


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Filed By: Cody Smith (Baton Rouge, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Watch out for animals while hiking at night. It wasnt a pleasant experience when a large animal charged at our campsite. Also, the rumbling sound (of which seemed like the sound of an alligator) was not fun as well. But, what a beautiful place that is seemingly undiscovered!


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Contact Information:
Black Creek Ranger District, P.O. Box 248 , Wiggins, MS, 39577, Phone: 601-928-4422

Additional Information:
De Soto National Forest - The DeSoto National Forest is located in southeast Mississippi. It is Mississippi's largest National Forest and covers mostly gently rolling pine and hardwood forests.
Mississippi National Forests and Parks - Mississippi offers six National Forests, a National Seashore, two National Battlefields, an Historic Park, and a National Scenic Trail.

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